The cost of providing health insurance to a companys employees grew nearly 7% last year, extending not only a long-standing streak of rising costs, but accelerating that trend. Indeed, between 2002 and 2016, the average amount of money a family of four spent on health care each year grew a whopping 180%.
Putting it bluntly: Regardless of whos paying the bill (and how), health care has become expensive.
Its not surprising, then, that corporations that are at least partially responsible for providing employees with health insurance are finally pushing back against an industry that has had little incentive to contain costs.
What is surprising is the collection of strange bedfellows that are uniting to stop unbridled health-care costs: Amazon.com (AMZN, $1,450.89), Warren Buffetts Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B, $214.38) and mega-bank JPMorgan Chase (JPM, $115.67). The trio just announced a joint venture intended to check the rise in health costs while concurrently enhancing patient satisfaction and outcomes.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: Pinnacle West Capital Corporation(PNW)
- [By Logan Wallace]
Bank of America upgraded shares of Pinnacle West Capital (NYSE:PNW) from an underperform rating to a neutral rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday morning, Marketbeat.com reports. Bank of America currently has $81.00 target price on the utilities provider’s stock. The analysts noted that the move was a valuation call.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW) was raised to Outperform from Neutral and the price target was raised to $87 from $85 at Credit Suisse.
Salesforce.com Inc. (NYSE: CRM) was reiterated as Outperform and the price target was raised to $140 from $125 at JMP Securities.
- [By Stephan Byrd]
Atria Investments LLC cut its stake in shares of Pinnacle West Capital Co. (NYSE:PNW) by 49.5% in the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 4,651 shares of the utilities provider’s stock after selling 4,560 shares during the period. Atria Investments LLC’s holdings in Pinnacle West Capital were worth $371,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: Square, Inc.(SQ)
- [By Max Byerly]
Rhumbline Advisers boosted its position in shares of Square, Inc. (NYSE:SQ) by 2.2% during the 1st quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 259,454 shares of the technology company’s stock after buying an additional 5,500 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers owned 0.07% of Square worth $12,765,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
- [By Adam Levy]
This is going to be an article about how Square (NYSE:SQ) is building out a broad ecosystem of merchant services. About how the products it has brought to market since 2014 — like Square Capital and Instant Deposit, among others — accounted for 36% of the company’s adjusted revenue in the fourth quarter last year.About how each new product one of Square’s merchants’ takes pulls it deeper into the ecosystem Square is building.
- [By Daniel Sparks]
There’s no denying Square’s (NYSE:SQ) momentum recently. In its first quarter, Square’s adjusted revenue and adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) jumped 51% and 33% year over year, respectively. Further, it’s not just one or two products driving Square’s growth. The company is seeing notable growth across gross payment volume (GPV), Square Capital, instant deposit, caviar, invoices, virtual terminal, and other products.
- [By Daniel Sparks]
Financial technology and mobile payments company Square (NYSE:SQ)rose more than 4% on Tuesday after the company announceda new platform for helping restaurants streamline their operations. The stock’s gain adds to a recent bullish runafter the company’s first-quarter earnings report. Shares are up more than 10% in May.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: International Game Technology(IGT)
- [By Travis Hoium]
One of the reason suppliers like IGT (NYSE:IGT) and Scientific Games are reacting positively is because they’ll likely provide the betting infrastructure casinos use. IGT powers MGM’s playMGM app that takes sports bets in Nevada today. It could easily scale that technology nationwide. Scientific Games sees its OpenBet product suite providing similar solutions to its customers.
- [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
Acacia Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: ACIA) shares rose 18.3 percent to $37.25 in pre-market trading after gaining 1.74 percent on Friday.
Kitov Pharma Ltd (NASDAQ: KTOV) rose 12.1 percent to $2.69 in pre-market trading after surging 4.80 percent on Friday.
NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI) rose 10.9 percent to $109.75 in pre-market trading after Bloomberg reported that the China’s Commerce Ministry has restarted its review of QUALCOMM Incorporated’s (NASDAQ: QCOM) proposed takeover of NXP Semiconductors.
Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGI) rose 10.6 percent to $15.20 in pre-market trading. Renewable Energy will replace Synchronoss Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: SNCR) in the S&P SmallCap 600 on Tuesday, May 15.
NeoPhotonics Corporation (NYSE: NPTN) rose 10 percent to $6.40 in pre-market trading.
Vaxart, Inc. (NASDAQ: VXRT) shares rose 8 percent to $5.54 in pre-market trading after gaining 2.19 percent on Friday.
Profire Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFIE) rose 7.3 percent to $4.58 in pre-market trading after gaining 6.22 percent on Friday.
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) rose 7 percent to $22.49 in pre-market trading after falling 1.96 percent on Friday.
Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ: OCLR) shares rose 6.9 percent to $9.16 in pre-market trading.
TransEnterix, Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) rose 5.7 percent to $2.24 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.92 percent on Friday.
CVR Refining, LP (NYSE: CVRR) rose 5.4 percent to $19.70 in pre-market trading.
Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (NYSE: AGM) rose 5.2 percent to $92.95 in pre-market trading.
International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) rose 5.2 percent to $29.94 in pre-market trading.
Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) shares rose 5.1 percent to $66.30 in the pre-market trading session.
Net 1 UEPS Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UEPS) shares rose 5 percent to $10.70 in pre-market trading after climbing 15.66 percent on Friday.
- [By Lee Jackson]
This stock has been hit over the past month and is offering a nice entry point for investors. International Game Technology PLC (NYSE: IGT) is the global leader in gaming. The company enables players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines and Lotteries to Interactive and Social Gaming.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: NextEra Energy Partners, LP(NEP)
- [By Matthew DiLallo]
NextEra Energy Partners (NYSE:NEP) operates and manages energy assets that have a cleaner profile, such as natural gas pipelines and wind and solar power-generating facilities. The other common denominator is that the company secured long-term contracts for the power these assets produce as well as the capacity of its pipelines, which provides it with relatively steady cash flow. That gives it money with which to pay a lucrative distribution that currently yields 4%.
Top 5 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy For 2019: MKS Instruments, Inc.(MKSI)
- [By Stephan Byrd]
MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) Director Richard S. Chute sold 1,988 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $110.75, for a total value of $220,171.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 10,103 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,118,907.25. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.
- [By Logan Wallace]
MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI) Director Peter Hanley sold 250 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $113.70, for a total transaction of $28,425.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 3,241 shares in the company, valued at $368,501.70. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.